Boston Common June 2022: Power Players Feature

Recently featured in Boston Common magazine’s ‘Power Players’ June edition, President Mahesh Daas notes “Power is about empowering people to accomplish a shared vision and fulfill a common purpose. It is with joy, hope, and uplifting the most vulnerable people in our community that the power entrusted to me is best utilized.” Read the entire feature where he relates his experience and positive impact of attaining higher education.

Indo-US Visioning Workshop of Presidents and Chancellors

It was a pleasure to join hands with an unprecedented confluence of 40 fellow Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, IIT, IIM, & National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad Directors, and other higher education leaders from prominent public and private universities in India & US at the Visioning Workshop 2022 and Summit, a collaborative effort organized by Higher Education Foundation, MIT-World Peace University, Pune, India, Association of Indian Universities, Indian Embassy, and UNESCO in Washington DC.
The Boston Architectural College held the distinction of being the only independent private institution from the US at the table alongside many prominent public research universities.
The workshop discussion was deftly led by President Suresh Garimella, University of Vermont in partnership with Executive President Rahul Karad, MIT World Peace University, Pune, India. National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Sethuraman Panchanathan and Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu also addressed the distinguished gathering.


The BAC Commencement 2021 With Pritzker Prize Laureate Balkrishna Doshi as the Keynote Speaker

Legendary architect, urban planner, educator, and the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Balkrishna Doshi has been chosen to receive an honorary doctorate from The Boston Architectural College, and deliver the commencement speech on Friday, May 28.
Professor Doshi was the first and only Indian architect to receive the Pritzker Prize. His illustrious work has made outstanding contributions to the world culture, transformed communities, and inspired generations of designers, including me.
I invite you to join us in celebrating our graduating classes, awarding Professor Doshi, and participating in the virtual festivities.

Dialog with Thom Mayne

I am thrilled to share with you “The Vastness of Interconnectedness,” the keynote talk by Thom Mayne and my dialog with him as part of our inaugural BAC Talks event on June 10, 2020. The event, attended by 688 people from 16 countries, addressed the topic “Design for Post-Pandemic Environments.” I hope you will enjoy and be inspired, as much as I did, the new insights and new projects he presented.

Why the design industry lacks diversity and how it will change


Conversation with Senator Elizabeth Warren

It was a special experience to speak with Senator Elizabeth Warren last Friday.
She joined a group of Massachusetts presidents and held wide-ranging discussions about the state of higher education during these challenging times: The next federal relief funding for higher education, access to and affordability of testing, and special issues impacting international students to name a few.
I particularly stressed the multi-dimensional challenges faced by smaller colleges dedicated to the mission of educating diverse students.
Thank you, Senator Warren, for the extraordinary work you do! #bacbuzz@thebacboston 


The Boston Architectural College was pleased to present the 28th lecture in the Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities series featuring Dr. Mahesh Daas on April 2, 2020. Dr. Mahesh Daas, President of the Boston Architectural College hosted the Cascieri Lecture in its first-ever webinar format! 

The lecture looked at a central question for years to come: How humans and robots could live together? A question that architects and designers need to proactively ponder in order to design buildings, neighborhoods and cities for decades to come. Based on his recent book Towards A Robotic Architecture, President Mahesh Daas will examine robotics and its architectural implications from phenomenological perspective.

Boston Magazine Article

“Boston Architectural College’s Mahesh Daas Is on a Mission to Reshape Design Education. In his new role as president, Daas seeks to help foster increased empathy, diversity, and creativity.”

Article by Rachel Kashdan. Portrait by Cody O’Loughlin

Design Museum Mornings Lecture

The robots and artificial intelligence are coming. They are rolling into all walks of life and all corners of the world. How will we live together, as humans and robots, and how will we ensure that we build a better world? How are robotics and AI impacting architecture and design?

Dr. Mahesh Daas, President of the Boston Architectural College, presents findings related to his recent book, Towards a Robotic Architecture. The field of robotics is coming of age. Robotics and artificial intelligence represent the next cutting edge technology to transform the fields of architecture and design. The past decade’s surge towards more computationally defined building systems and highly adaptable open-source design software has left the field ripe for the integration of robotics whether through large-scale building fabrication or through more intelligent/adaptive building systems. Through this surge, architecture has not only been greatly influenced by these emerging technologies, but has also begun influencing other disciplines in unexpected ways.